Pavilion Project

Expansion of the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education will take the support of those who treasure the life experiences provided through events held there.

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Project RAISE

(Raise for Agriculture Industries, Shows and Education)

An initiative to expand the MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education


Goal: $4 million

Objective: To provide a 40,000 sq. ft. addition to the east side of the Pavilion increasing capacity to meet the needs of the Michigan agricultural community. 



Though the main arena is a spacious 114’ x 214’, the Pavilion has outgrown its capacity, limiting not only the number of events, but also the quality, size and scope of events showcasing Michigan agriculture and supporting the local economy.

The proposed Pavilion expansion will provide a second indoor arena allowing concurrent events, increased animal housing and exhibit space, and an indoor area for warming up animals prior to events in the main arena. Whether too hot, too cold, or too wet, optimal use of the current outdoor arena has been contingent upon the weather.



In addition to the unquantifiable recreational and educational value of the numerous events held to both exhibitors and spectators, the Pavilion also has a significant impact on the local economy spanning well beyond dollars spent at the facility.

Conservative estimates indicate over 92,000 people are drawn to the facility each year. Cumulative economic impact since the facility opened in 1996 is estimated at over $161 million. The proposed Pavilion expansion will greatly increase number and size of shows and events possible and directly increase economic impact of this major venue showcasing Michigan agriculture to over $7.2 million annually to the local economy.



Completing this project will take the support of our agriculture community, individuals and groups who treasure the life experiences provided through events held at the MSU Pavilion.




Support to date, including pledges and gifts, for the project total $1 million.

Whether through large donations or smaller gifts from individuals or families that appreciate impact of this valuable resource, this project will have a lasting legacy in our great state of Michigan.

We thank the following individuals and organizations for their pledges and gifts at the following levels:

Top Level ($500,000)

  • Greenstone Farm Credit Services

Ring of Honor Level ($100,000)

  • Clemens Food Group
  • Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies
  • Michigan Livestock Exposition
  • MSU Rodeo Club

Pillar Level ($50,000)

  • Michigan Horse Council

Champions Level ($25,000)

  • Smith Family

Cornerstone ($10,000)

  • Terry Saxton


Naming opportunities for pavilion addition and it’s components (e.g. show office, meeting rooms) are potentially available for interested donors.


For more information

George Smith PhD

George Smith PhD

Director of AgBioResearch, Senior Associate Dean for Research